Archer Avenue storefronts in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood. Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010.
Originally uploaded by Eddie from Chicago
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One southwest side Chicago neighborhood that I had spent much time shopping and visiting in during the 1970;s, 80.s and 90's, was none othrt than Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood.
I used to work a few blocks south of here at West 47th Street and South Troy in Chicago's bordering Elsdon neighborhood, from 1987 until 1994. Many times after work, I would walk to the intersection of South Archer and Kedzie Avenues just west of this photo location, and eat at Jimmy's Gyros for an inexpensive and tasty fast food dinner.
During the 1970's and early 80's, I would see movies at the now long gone Brighton Theatre, shop at stores like Neisner's, Kroozin Music at South Archer and California Avenues ( Gone-Demolished) The Brighton Park Hobby Center and The Archer Avenue Big Store. My family enjoyed dining at The Park Restaurant at Archer and Kedzie, the Wing Wah Lah Chinese Restaurant, Chesdan's Pizzeria at South Archer and Spaulding Avenues or even The Silver Coin Restaurant at South Archer Avenue and West 43rd Street / aka Pope John Paul the 2nd Drive.
Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood for many years had a large Polish ethnic population. Today it is predominently Hispanic.
Still, I have many happy memories of Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood. I hope to visit it sometime soon.